Published: 15/05/2018 11:36 - Updated: 16/05/2018 09:27

Youngsters urged to follow the pipers

Pipe tuitionYOUNGSTERS are being invited to join a local musical revolution inspired by the biggest event in the area.

Forres and District Pipe Band (FDPB) has so far recruited 47 members aged 8-11 for its youth section over two intakes since 2016, all of whom have been given free tuition by experienced tutors via a charitable scheme.

FDPB committee member Sharon Carmichael confirmed there will be one more intake this October.

She said: “Thereafter, we hope that we may be able to arrange tuition through the education system in conjunction with the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust. This initiative preserves the heritage of our national instrument and provides a meaningful challenge to local youngsters.

“It also provides a lifetime skill which improves the social aspects of their lives and by playing in a band it introduces a benign discipline and a sense of responsibility towards their fellow band members and the band itself.”

There is currently no pipes and drums tuition in Moray schools, however, after almost 18 months of FDPB tuition, the first players from the class of 2016 are ready to progress from the practice chanter and drum pad to the adult instruments.

Over the last year, the committee has established the framework for a youth band to enable continued learning in a group environment.

“We would hope to get them on to their first parade towards the end of the year,” said Sharon. “As they gain experience under the guidance of their mentors, the youth band will grow in strength and will be able to participate in local community activities.”

To keep the flow of youngsters running through the tuition scheme and into the youth band, FDPB hope to raise £3850 to cover the cost of tuition and venue fees from this October to next June. They are attempting to achieve this through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.  

Sharon added: “We very would much appreciate your support to help us realise this sum so we can encourage and inspire the young musicians of Forres.”

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